The gateway to the almost 670,000 acres of glaciers, mountains, ice fields, and some of the world’s most spectacular coastline is the town of Seward. The park offers easy access to the groaning spires and ice-blue tongues of Exit Glacier, as well as to Bear Glacier, the largest of the more than 36 named glaciers flowing from the broad Harding Ice Field, and a popular destination for kayakers.
But the main attractions here are the deep, narrow fjords, which can be viewed on boat trips from Seward. From scenic Resurrection Bay the boats pass tide-carved Three Hole Arch and enter Aialik Bay, where bald eagles dive for fish. At Chiswell Islands, in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, as many as 50,000 seabirds may nest, including black-legged kittiwakes, tufted and horned puffins, and black oystercatchers with carrotlike bills. Sea mammals often seen in the fjords include harbor seals and Steller’s sea lions, killer and humpback whales, porpoises, and sea otters.
–Park open year-round. Boats run mid-May–mid-Sept.; fare charged.